Saturday, 23 October 2010

Small Business Funding list given to me by my local MP's office for UK


Groups and individuals seeking finance for projects often approach the constituency office for guidance.  This is a list of potential sources of finance that are known to the constituency office.  It is a very brief outline of some of the funding.  For each potential source there are contact details.  There is no guarantee that the sources named will be able to help.  All details given are correct as sent to the constituency office at various times since June 2001.


The Association of Charity Officers

This organisation keeps details of possible sources of charitable funding for individuals.  You need to contact them to explain why you need funding.

The Association of Charity Officers
Beechwood, House of Commons, Wyllotts Close
Potters Bar
Tel: 01707 651 777
Fax: 01707 660 477


Improving play opportunities for 5-16 year olds.

Project Manager of the Better Play Programme
Children’s Services Department
Tanners Lane
Tel: 0208 550 8822
Tel: 0208 551 6870
The Francis C Scott Charitable Trust (FCSCT)

A major grant giving trust based in Kendal, Cumbria.  Our grants support charities addressing disadvantage in Cumbria and North Lancashire (the first priority) and the remainder of Lancashire (the second priority).

The Francis C Scott Charitable Trust (FCSCT)
3 Lambrigg Terrace
Tel: 01539 741610

In Kind Direct

Started by the Prince of Wales; the charity distributes surplus goods from industry to the voluntary sector.

In Kind Direct
PO Box 140
20 St Mary at Hill
Tel: 020 7204 5003
Fax: 020 7204 5551


First Aid for Rural Cumbria

This is the County Council’s initiative to get cash to community projects to help them recover from foot and mouth.
Workington: 01900 325011
Carlisle: 01228 606734


Vital Villages – the Countyside Agency

A grant based project run by the Countryside Agency in partnership with Rural Community Councils, which aims to implement the community aspects of the Rural White Paper and tackle rural problems.

Countryside Agency
Vital Villages Application Call Centre
Tel: 0870 333 0170

The Countryside Agency

Local Community Project Grants
Debbie Kerr
Tel: 01768 869523

Connexions Grants

Project funding to develop local responses to assist individuals aged 13-19 with multiple disadvantages who face exclusion, specifically with respect to the following 7 key priorities:

·        Areas of deprivation, teenage parents, young offenders, drug and solvent abuse, young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, travel to work and learning issues, young people in rural locations.

Enquiries about grant funding and the application form to: -

Workington Connexions Centre

213 Vulcans Lane
CA14 2BT
Tel: 01900 604674


New Opportunities Fund

This fund distributes National Lottery money to charities to voluntary and community groups and Grants for health, education and environment projects – focusing particularly on social inclusion.

Michelle McNamee – North West Regional Officer
New Opportunities Fund
North West Regional Office

Dallam Court

Dallam Lane
Tel: 01925 626800
Fax: 01925 234041
General Information 0845 0000 121

Community Fund – see under Charitable Trusts for local contact

Printed application forms available from 0845 791 9191

Sport England

Sports lottery money is spent on buildings, pitches and equipment, talented athletes of all ages, world class sporting events and a variety of other projects.

Sport England

16 Upper Woburn Place
Tel: 020 7273 1500
Fax: 020 7383 5740
Awards for All

A grants programme set up to help small groups – projects that are open and accessible to the community allowing people to enjoy a wide range of activities.

Awards for All North West
Ground Floor

Dallam Court

Dallam Lane
Tel: 01925 626800
Fax: 01925 234041

Arts Council of England

Arts lottery money is spent on a wide range of projects including the construction and refurbishment of arts venue, arts activity and public participation in the arts.

The Arts Council

14 Great Peter Street
Tel: 0207 312 0123
Fax: 0207 973 6590

North West Lottery Money

This is a central number for to get advice on all potential lottery funding for the area.

Tel: 0845 275 0000
Fax: 0845 275 0022



This business sponsorship incentive scheme for grass roots sport in England.

4th Floor
Warwick House of Commons

25-27 Buckingham Palace Road

HBOS – Community Relations

Community relations programme HBOS plc (the merger of the Bank of Scotland and the Halifax) – make occasional donations towards community groups.

Community Relations
The Mound
Tel: 0130 243 5533
Fax: 0131 243 5546


Community giving arm of British Nuclear Fuels Ltd.

Building 444 Sellafield
CA20 1PG
Tel: 01946 728333
Shell UK – Better Britain Campaign

Aims to enable effective action for community based sustainable development by providing community project grants, useful information, funding for partnership innovation and building a thriving network of community groups sharing good practice and experience.

Shell Better Britain Campaign
King Edward House
135a New Street
B2 4QJ

Hertel UK Services

Makes one-off donations depending on the type of application to groups such as: - scouts, guides, sea cadets, and playgroups.

David Turner
Site Manager
Hertel UK Services
Site 5
CA20 1PG

Lloyds TSB Bank plc

Give Grants to charities – especially for those who are disadvantaged or disabled – to enable people to play a fuller role in communities.

David Kay
Lloyds TSB Bank plc

26-32 Bank Street
Time Square
Tel: 01925 444652  Fax: 01925 413798

Cumbria Community Foundation

Charitable trust dedicated to supporting the work of voluntary and community organisations in Cumbria, particularly where there is the greatest disadvantage and which improve the quality of life in the community.

Cumbria Community Foundation
Unit 6B Lakeland Business Park
CA13 0QT
Tel: 01900 825760
Fax: 01900 826527


UGG270 (UK) B&Q – Better Neighbour Grants Scheme

The Better Neighbour Grants Scheme enables schools, community groups and charitable organisations to apply for funding to support a local community project.

The scheme provides between £50 and £500 worth of B&Q materials to help get a community project up and running.

Projects should have a long-lasting benefit to the community and the materials and methods used should not damage the environment in the short or long-term.

Applications may be made at any time and the application process is initiated by visiting a local store.

UGG390 (UK) Apex Trust

Offering a wide range of services to ex-offenders and employers, Apex Trust seeks to help people with criminal records obtain jobs and encourage and support organisations to employ them.

The Trust operates a UK-wide helpline named JobCheck which offers confidential advice and information to ex-offenders and employers on a range of issues including: -

·        When a conviction becomes spent.
·        Criminal records checks.
·        Best practice for employing ex-offenders.
·        Where to get training.
·        Where to get specific advice and guidance.

In addition, the Trust runs a variety of projects based around England which offer support to ex-offenders such as employability training, advocacy and ongoing support and help to employers, for example, through the Employee Volunteer Programme which enables employees to visit prisons to talk to inmates about employment-related matters.

UE6990 (England) Clerks’ Training Bursary Scheme

Support for clerks of parish councils in England with an annual turnover of less than £25,000 is available for skills or personal training that will aid them in their councils’ work.  It is hoped that the bursary will encourage more clerks to undertake the Certificate in Local Administration.

Up to £200 is available, up to 75% of the cost of the course.

This scheme was originally due to close in March 2005, however, it has been confirmed that it will continue for the 2005/2006 financial year.  Applications must, therefore, be received by 31st March 2006.

UGG280 (UK) Henry Moore Foundation

The Henry Moore Foundation is a registered charity, set up and endowed by Mr Moore “to advance the education of the public by the promotion of their appreciation of the fine arts and in particular the works of Henry Moore”.

The Foundation concentrates its support on sculpture.  It also supports a wide range of projects and activities in the visual arts through its donations programme.  Among areas covered are student bursaries, fellowships for artists and grants to art institutions, galleries and museums.  The Foundation provides additional financial resources to support the work of living artists and contemporary art practice.

Funding of £500 upwards is available for specific projects.  A small number of grants of up to £50,000 are awarded each year.

Applications are considered at quarterly meetings of the Foundation’s Grants Committee.

UGB790 (England) Community Recycling and Economic Development (CRED)

Support of between £50,000 and £300,000 is available for community-based organisations in England to: -

·        Establish new waste recycling, reuse or composting projects in areas where they do not currently exist.
·        Expand existing waste recycling, reuse or composting projects through, for example, collection of additional materials or expanding the geographical area covered.
·        Increase the weight of material recycled reused or composted through education or awareness-raising activities.

Applications may be submitted at any time as CRED is a rolling programme with no deadlines.  However, it is expected that the scheme will close to new applications at the end of 2005 or when all the money has been allocated.  In either case, projects must be completed by the end of 2007.


Don’t forget that your local Neighbourhood Forum is a good source of grants for any Community Group.  Contact your local office to find out when their next grant panel is and if your project is eligible

Carlisle: 01228 606315, Eden: 01434 382128, Barrow: 01229 894312
Allerdale: 01900 325011, South Lakeland: 01539 773180 or 01229 894103
and Copeland: 01946 855020

If you would like further information on any of these grants or to receive the monthly funding/information on a regular basis please telephone Sylvia on 01228 512513 or send your e-mail address to


NCVO works with and for the voluntary sector in England by providing information, advice and support and by representing the views of the sector to government and policy-makers.

National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Regent’s Wharf
8 All
Saints Street
N1 9RL
Switchboard: 0207 713 6161
Helpdesk: 0800 2798 798

Institute of Fundraising

The Institute of Fundraising is the professional body for the UK fundraisers, working to promote the highest standard in fundraising practice and management.

Institute of Fundraising

Park Place

12 Lawn Lane
Tel: 0207 840 1000
Fax: 0207 840 1001

 Feel free to leave any comments please, thought It would be nice to share information as its not easy trying to set up a business even harder when your disabled x

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With love from Shellybobbins xxx


  1. Hi Shelly, thanks you so much for sharing this- Just the sort of information I needed! great stuff!!
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  2. You can also get funding from the Princes Trust if you are under 30 and meet certain conditions. That's where I got my business start up funding from.

    Full details are on their website